I am a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Government at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, specializing in American Politics.

My specific research interests include American political development; American legislative institutions, particularly executive oversight; partisan polarization and gridlock in Congress; executive oversight; and public perceptions of the influence of special interests in Congress. I’m also interested in congressional voting behavior; the influence of congressional and agency staff on member/executive preferences; organizational theory and institutional behavior; US-European relations; and foreign policymaking in Congress. I am pursuing a course of study in Methods at Cornell and have been trained in advanced game theory, experimental methods, and network analysis.

I’m a native of Brooklyn, NY and received a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and an M.A. in Political Science from Boston University in Boston, MA. After graduating from college, I worked for a few years as a congressional reporter in Washington, DC and as a Capitol Hill staffer before spending three years working in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany.

Please feel free to contact me at any time at ccl228@cornell.edu.

View my most recent CV (updated May 2018) here.

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